Introduction: Understanding Military Effectiveness

  • Pasi Tuunainen


Military effectiveness is manifested in political, strategic, operational and tactical levels. It is a multi-faceted phenomenon that is very difficult to measure quantitatively. Employing qualitative methods, this study analyzes the organizational effectiveness of the Finnish Army in its prewar preparations and in the winter of 1939–40, and looks at military effectiveness as a conversion process of available resources into fighting power. In addition to defining the key concepts and presenting the conceptual framework, the introductory chapter also introduces primary sources and offers two literature reviews. The first one of them covers the main theoretical and methodological contributions on different aspects of military effectiveness and the latter one substantive findings on Finnish military effectiveness in the Winter War.


Military Power Officer Corps Tactical Level Military Organization Military Culture 
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  • Pasi Tuunainen
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  1. 1.Department of Geographical and Historical StudiesUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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